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Free food for one seventh of the population yet we’re not getting richer.
The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals” because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
— Recent viral e-mail (author unknown)
The irony is amusing but the implications for our nation’s finances and essence are not.
A USDA web page on the Food Stamp Program (FSP), officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), offers some outdated data:
• The FSP serves approximately 1 in 11 Americans every month.
• 67 percent of those eligible for the Food Stamp Program (FSP) participated in 2006, up from 65 percent in 2005 and 54 percent in 2001. This demonstrates continued growth in the proportion of eligible people participating for the fourth consecutive year.
• Over 10 million children and low-income people have been added to the program since 2001 and we continue to promote FSP participation aggressively among eligible people.
• America invested $34.9 billion in the FSP in FY 2008.
• Currently, just over 27.7 million low-income people benefit from the FSP every month.
Note the use of the word “invested” when it comes to this welfare program. Even Robin Hood didn’t consider himself an investor.
Democrats and others who benefit directly or electorally from government transfers of other people’s money suggest, and may actually believe, that welfare has a positive impact on the economy, and this is exactly what the USDA claims:
• Every $5 in new food stamp bnefits generates almost twice as much ($9.20) in total community spending.
• If the national participation rate rose just 5 percent, 1.9 million more low-income people would be able to spend an additional $1.3 billion on healthy food. This would generate $2.5 billion in new economic activity nationwide.
This explains why the Obama budget looks like it does. They literally believe in a free lunch.
Still, while the USDA appears proud of how many handouts it makes, it is either feeling stung by Newt Gingrich’s calling Barack Obama a “food stamp president” or it’s extremely lazy: The data reported on its web page is from 2008, not showing the explosion in growth of users and cost of the food stamp program during the Obama administration.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?